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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is among those urging President Trump to declare a national health emergency, saying every day 142 Americans die from a drug overdose, equivalent to a Sept. 11 death toll every three weeks.

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Deaf people or those who are hard of hearing can now have a symbol on their driver’s license that designates their hearing challenges.

Governor Cooper signed the legislation Thursday. The intent is to let law enforcement officers know if someone they pull over can’t hear. The symbol is optional. The legislation which takes effect in January includes training for current and incoming officers on how to appropriately interact with those who are deaf and hard of hearing. It comes after Daniel Harris, a deaf man, was fatally shot by a state trooper in Charlotte last year following a traffic stop that turned into a high speed chase.

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Republican legislators on Wednesday completed their override of Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper's budget veto, enacting the spending plan over Cooper's objections that it's shortsighted, fiscally irresponsible and in some places unconstitutional.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper has vetoed the Republican-proposed state budget, though his veto will likely be swiftly overridden. Meanwhile, an 18-year-old has been charged with the Memorial Day shooting that left one person dead and another injured. And, a Morganton man has been sentenced to life in prison for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism.

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Democrat Roy Cooper was sworn in as governor on January 1. The one constant over that time has been a series of clashes with the Republican controlled General Assembly.

The latest was kicked off by the U.S. Supreme Court, which recently ruled 28 state legislative districts are illegal racial gerrymanders. Those boundaries must be redrawn.

But when is still an open question. The high court left it to a lower federal court to decide that issue.

On Wednesday, Governor Cooper gave an exclusive interview to WFAE. He spoke with our Political Reporter Tom Bullock.

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When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday that 28 state legislative districts were illegal racial gerrymanders they made one thing clear, North Carolina's political maps must be redrawn. What they didn't say is when. They've kicked that decision back to a lower court.

It also kicked off the latest power struggle between Democratic Governor Roy Cooper and the Republican-controlled General Assembly.

A judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a North Carolina minister charged with beating a gay congregant. Meanwhile, an appeals court has affirmed North Carolina's decision to refuse compensation to the relatives of people involuntarily sterilized by the North Carolina who died before a state deadline, and, Gov. Roy Cooper has pledged his support for the Paris Climate Accord after President Trump announced he would withdraw the U.S. from the agreement.

Here are some of Tuesday afternoon's top headlines on WFAE.

Federal authorities say an airline passenger tried to bite a flight attendant, then jumped out of the aircraft and onto the tarmac at Charlotte Douglas Airport Thursday.

North Carolina General Assembly

The leaders of North Carolina's House of Representatives had hoped to unveil their state budget sometime this week. But hashing out their spending plan is taking a bit longer than expected.

Keith Lawrence Ross, 30, was found fatally shot in a home in north Charlotte in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police were called to the home on the 2900 block of Botany Street at 2:10 a.m. Tuesday. Upon arriving, officers found Ross inside with a gunshot wound. Paramedics pronounced him dead on the scene.

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